Sunday, October 3, 2010

Farewell Summer

Robert Frost (1874–1963). A Boy’s Will. 1915.

30. October

O HUSHED October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
To-morrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
To-morrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know;
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away;
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

Autumn is indeed here.
There is no disputing that. Nature tells us it's time.
The leaves are slowly changing, the days are shorter,
and the air is brisk, clean, and refreshing.
Our attentions will likely be turning indoors as we prepare
for the season's festivities, however you observe them.
Enjoy the fruits this season brings.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Summer's Not Over Yet!

Pretty collection of vanity bottles offered at Verdigris & Ambergris.

Items are offered individually:

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Items Still 20% OFF

Beautiful things are still 20% off at Verdigris & Ambergris! I have a beautiful baroque serving platter and decorative bowls that are perfect for the holiday season, which will be here before you know it!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

20% OFF for Thursdays Marketplace

20% OFF select products at Verdigris & Ambergris this week during Thursdays Marketplace. This week I have a beautiful vintage nautical picture, baroque platter, ornamental shelf, verdigris frame and more! There’s something to suit every decorating style, stop by and visit today!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Today's My Day!!!

Today is the day my shop, Verdigris & Ambergris, is being featured for Shabby Cottage Shops 'Christmas In July' event. Today is the last day for this event and if you enter the contest, you could be the winner of the beautiful floral vanity box featured in the photo above! For this special event the ENTIRE STORE IS 40% OFF!!!!! Just click on the image above to be directed to the contest page, there you can enter the contest and see all of the other fabulous shops and prizes which have been featured.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


The Mermaid


Who would be
A mermaid fair,
Singing alone,
Combing her hair
Under the sea,
In a golden curl
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?


I would be a mermaid fair;
I would sing to myself the whole of the day;
With a comb of pearl I would comb my hair;
And still as I comb'd I would sing and say,
'Who is it loves me? who loves not me?'

I would comb my hair till my ringlets would fall
Low adown, low adown,
From under my starry sea-bud crown
Low adown and around,
And I should look like a fountain of gold
Springing alone
With a shrill inner sound
Over the throne
In the midst of the hall;
Till that great sea-snake under the sea
From his coiled sleeps in the central deeps
Would slowly trail himself sevenfold
Round the hall where I sate, and look in at the gate
With his large calm eyes for the love of me.

And all the mermen under the sea
Would feel their immortality
Die in their hearts for the love of me.


But at night I would wander away, away,
I would fling on each side my low-flowing locks,
And lightly vault from the throne and play
With the mermen in and out of the rocks;
We would run to and fro, and hide and seek,
On the broad sea-wolds in the crimson shells,
Whose silvery spikes are nighest the sea.

But if any came near I would call and shriek,
And adown the steep like a wave I would leap
From the diamond-ledges that jut from the dells;
For I would not be kiss'd by all who would list
Of the bold merry mermen under the sea.

They would sue me, and woo me, and flatter me,
In the purple twilights under the sea;
But the king of them all would carry me,
Woo me, and win me, and marry me,
In the branching jaspers under the sea.

Then all the dry-pied things that be
In the hueless mosses under the sea
Would curl round my silver feet silently,
All looking up for the love of me.

And if I should carol aloud, from aloft
All things that are forked, and horned, and soft
Would lean out from the hollow sphere of the sea,
All looking down for the love of me.

Lord Alfred Tennyson

Monday, July 5, 2010

Beach Blues

The beach will always be my first choice for a summer vacation. The laid back attitude, the sights and smells of the ocean, collecting seashells, building castles in the sand (and the high tide which eventually washes them away), picnics under an umbrella, and swimming in the surf, are my fondest memories of vacations on the New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland seashores.

For those of us that don't have the luxury of homes by the sea, we can still bring the seashore inside by creating vignettes with beach related items or colors. Shells, corals, sand, postcards and souvenirs combined with whites, blues, and aquas can create a soothing and beautiful collage to remind us of beach vacations past.

This is an overview of the cabinet that I change out according to the season. For the remainder of the summer this will be decorated with a beach theme with items I've accumulated over the past few years.

I love vintage postcards of people vacationing at the seashore and have accumulated quite a few. Most are from Atlantic City and date to the early 1900's. I love the images of people in their beautiful clothing strolling up and down the boardwalk, and the swimming attire is such a contrast to today's beach fashions!!

This is a close-up of the bottom vignette with a vintage picture of a woman sitting on the Atlantic City boardwalk, I love the sailboat in the background! There is also some beach glass that I collected at Atlantic City a few years ago and a poem from Edna St. Vincent Millay:


No matter what I say,
All that I really love
Is the rain that flattens on the bay,
And the eel-grass in the cove;
The jingle-shells that lie and bleach
At the tide-line, and the trace
Of higher tides along the beach:
Nothing in this place.

I found this box of saltwater taffy at Fralinger's in Atlantic City. I fell in love with the ocean blue color and vintage graphic!

Wherever your vacation travels take you this year, remember to collect and save mementos from your trip to display in vignettes throughout the years!


Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Begins

Today marks the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. Most of us will be taking vacations and spending as much time as we can enjoying the delights that summer has to offer, swimming pools, picnics, fresh fruits and produce, flowers and all the other things that mark this time of year.

While perusing some of my older magazines, specifically the June 2007 issue of Country Living, I came across a great photo spread showing the home of Theresa Smith that I thought really mixed some of my favorite elements well: shabby, baroque ornamentation and gilded items. I created a collage using some of my products that I offer at my web store Verdigris & Ambergris so you can see how these items might be incorporated into your decor. If you click the image you will be directed to slide show at Country Living online.

I also wanted to take a moment to tell you about a great event that will be kicking off in July. Verdigris & Ambergris, along with all of the other fabulous boutiques at Shabby Cottage Shops will be celebrating CHRISTMAS IN JULY! Join us for give aways and special promotions!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Verdigris & Ambergris, We're Open...Celebrate with Us!

I am so excited to announce the opening of my brand new online shopping boutique and website, Verdigris & Ambergris!! It's been a wonderful journey getting everything ready for our debut! We'll be having our Grandopening on Thurday, May 27th with a very special sale to celebrate!

We are also thrilled to share with you that we have joined Shabby Cottage Shops, a fabulous online shopping mall as a front page member! You'll find Verdigris and Ambergris soaring high in the clouds on the front page near Sassy Chic Shop, Bella Lucille, Bella Rosa Designs and Mandy's Mudroom.

I would also like to take a moment to thank Susan, from One Spring Street for the most gorgeous website design and her undying patience as we worked together to create my website..thanks Susan!

I hope each of you will stop by and sign my guestbook and please feel free to email me with any comments you may have, I loved to hear from you. If you would like to sign up for my mailing list, please leave me a comment along with your email address. I will have my newsletter set up very soon, in the meantime, just drop me a note if you'd like to become a member and receive news about great sales and fabulous new found items!

I would also love to have you follow my blog and please do leave a comment.

Please stop by and visit us often!

Thank you,
Verdigris & Ambergris